Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

by Helen M. Johnson | 1931 | 742,503 words

This page describes Previous incarnations of Kunthu which is the second part of chapter I of the English translation of the Shri Kunthusvami-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Shri Kunthusvami in jainism is one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 2: Previous incarnations of Kunthu

In this very Jambūdvīpa, in the East Videhas, in the fair province Āvarta which surpassed heaven in beauty, in the capital, Khaḍgī, King Siṃhāvaha was the receptacle of boundless virtues, the crest of the leaders in justice. He was like a mountain of justice, like an axe to crime, like the family-home of law, like the native land of intelligence. His good counsel, as well as his mind, was difficult for even the experts to penetrate; the excellence of his army and treasure was like that of Śakra; his energy was like that of Hari.[1] He himself, like the ocean, did not cross the boundary of propriety; powerful, he held the world also within the bounds of propriety. The sound of his bow was like a charm for attracting Śrīs; like a charm for destroying enemies; like a charm for protecting the earth. He ruled the earth for justice only, but not for wealth. It is always an attendant result for those devoted to dharma. Experiencing pleasures without devotion to them, like an ascetic consuming food, he, the foremost of those knowing the Principles, passed some time.

One day, feeling extreme disgust with existence, he went to Ācārya Samvara, and took initiation, which was like the boundary of the ocean. Observing strict vows, he acquired the body-making-karma of a Tīrthakṛt by means of the sthānakas, devotion to the Arhats, et cetera.[2] In the course of time he died, possessing right belief and engaged in concentrated meditation, and became a god in the palace Sarvārthasiddha.

Footnotes and references:


See II, n. 117.


See I, pp. 80 ff.

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